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Wearable technology may move into therapeutic use

People in Rhode Island have seen a dramatic increase in the use of wearable devices over the past few years. This trend has been experienced around the nation and is part of the country’s continued focus on how to improve people’s health while making use of technology. But, can wearables be more than they are today? If they can, what would that look like?

Current models of wearables focus primarily on reporting health. This may be in the form of tracking data like the number of steps a person has taken in a given day, the number of calories consumed or expended during exercise, and the like. Some collect other information specific to health. But, new models of wearables are in the works that may actually go one step further. These new devices could move from reporting health to facilitating health. They could become mechanisms by which treatments or medications are administered.

One therapeutic wearable that has been tested uses nerve stimulation to reduce chronic pain. Other options for this type of approach to wearable technology include helping people to quit smoking or manage certain chronic conditions.

One of the questions that could result from a change in how wearables are used is how safe or reliable will they be? Whether or not this will help reduce medical errors or open up opportunities for new errors remains to be seen. Anyone who believes that they have been impacted by such a mistake may wish to talk to an attorney to understand their options for compensation.

Source: Drug Store News, “From ‘wearables to ther-ables’,” David Salazar, April 14, 2016

 

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